MIRRORLESS TEST
Photography week|January 21, 2021
EXPERT OPINION ON THE LATEST KIT
Rod Lawton

FUJIFILM X-S10

Fujifilm goes mainstream with a regular mode dial and IBIS

www.fujifilm.co.uk £949/$999

The Fujifilm X-S10 marks an interesting shift in Fujifilm’s camera range. Until now, its more advanced mirrorless cameras have all featured external shutter speed dials, plus (depending on the model) external lens aperture rings and ISO dials. Instead, the X-S10 reverts to a regular mode dial, as seen on countless competitors.

Fujifilm’s old-school approach to camera design and external exposure control has won it lots of fans, and is featured on the Fujifilm X-T4 flagship model, the rangefinder-style X-Pro3 and the super-compact X-T30. Fujifilm also makes more beginner-orientated models with conventional mode dials and exposure controls, namely the Fujifilm X-A7 and the X-T200.

With the Fujifilm X-S10 also having a conventional mode dial it might at first seem like a bridge between Fujifilm’s beginner cameras and its more advanced models. However, we’re told that this camera is instead positioned between the Fujifilm X-H1 and the X-T4; an advanced camera that’s aimed at a broader audience of users, who might previously have been put off by Fujifilm’s external exposure controls.

Key features

Apart from its physical design, the X-S10 has a lot of technology that will be familiar from other Fujifilm models. The significance is largely in how that technology been brought together, and the new camera’s price.

The sensor is, we presume, the same 26.1 megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor used in the Fujifilm X-T4. The quad-core X-Processor 4 processing engine appears to be the same, too.

The autofocus system offers the same 100% phase detection AF frame coverage as the X-T4, with face and eye detection and, Fujifilm says, improved sensitivity down to light levels as low as -7EV, with a response time of as little as 0.02 seconds.

Like the X-T4, the Fujifilm X-S10 has built-in in-body stabilisation (IBIS). The stabilisation unit is around 30% smaller, and offers six stops of compensation versus the 6.5 stops of the X-T4. There is a difference, then, but a small one.

There are larger differences elsewhere, notably in continuous shooting and video features. Where the X-T4 can shoot at up to 15 frames per second with its mechanical shutter, the X-S10 only achieves 8fps – though that’s still pretty good for a camera in this price bracket. The X-S10 can shoot at 20fps with its electronic shutter, or 30fps in a 1.29x crop mode.

1 The X-S10 uses a NP-W126S lithium-ion battery, rated for 325 stills or 40 minutes of video capture.

2 The X-S10 is available body-only, or as a kit with either the Fujinon XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R or XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR lenses.

3 Even if your chosen lens doesn’t have OIS, the X-S10’s IBIS system has your back when you shoot handheld.

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